Jonathon Niese, who was given a clean bill of health last week after traveling to New York for an MRI on his shoulder, threw off the mound Monday for the first time since being shut down as a precaution.
Feb 20, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (49) in spring training action at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Niese threw a bullpen session in Port St. Lucie, and proclaimed afterwards that there was a “night and day difference” between how his shoulder felt now compared to how it felt last week.
According to reports, the Mets plan to get Niese into game action this Thursday during a “B” game. If all goes well, Niese would likely make his first Grapefruit League appearance shortly after.
Niese portrayed his shoulder discomfort as minor and it appears that it will turn out to be just that.
Per manager Terry Collins, the plan is for Niese to be on the mound at Citi Field for opening day on March 31st.